Weekend in Winterset, Dec. 15-17, 2017

This evening from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, the Winterset Merchants Group invites you to enjoy “Lights…Christmas…Action!” around the beautiful Winterset square. Participating merchants will feature live or in-motion holiday displays in their store windows, and there will be holiday treats and deals all around. Be sure to look inside the businesses and try to find the Elf on the Shelf at three different locations. If you take photos of them all, you could win a prize!

Re:home will be open and participating in this evening’s Lights… Christmas… Action! event from 4:00 to 7:00, and will also be open on Saturday, the 16th from 9:00 to 5:00.

The Iowa is showing the Christmas family classic movie “Miracle on 34th Street” tonight and Friday night at 7:00 pm, and will be closed on Saturday for rehearsal of The Nutcracker Ballet that will be presented there Sunday through Tuesday.

The annual Holiday Open House at Union State Bank will take place on Friday, December 15th:

The public is invited to attend this informative presentation panel on the issue of Iowa water quality and trends on Saturday, December 16th at the Winterset Public Library from 9:00 to 11:00 am.

The Sk8n Station is open for skating on Friday evenings from 7:00 to 10:00 and Saturdays from 1:00 to 3:00 and 7:00 to 10:00. They also have a gift option of five skate passes for $30, with five snack cards worth $1.50 each for free. Visit them during open skate times to purchase; 1204 W. Summit St (Madison County Fairgrounds).

The Winterset Knights of Columbus are hosting Christmas Bingo at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church this Saturday, December 16th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. It’s a progressive jackpot up to $200! Packets are $20 for 20 games. Concessions are available for free will donation (hot dogs, popcorn, soda, etc). All proceeds will help benefit the CRISP Christmas4Kids project.

Don’t forget your opportunity to give to Toys for Tots by Saturday, December 16th!

Winterset Ballet & Dance Studio is putting the final touches on their performance of The Nutcracker, which will have a three day run at The Iowa Theater on December 17th through 19th. Ticket sales are now open, and it is reserved seating. Click this link to buy tickets in advance..

Coming Soon

Discovery Zone STEM activities — make and take Christmas Gifts — is happening at the Winterset Library on Wednesday, December 20:

A special “Men’s Only” shopping event is planned on the Winterset square for Wednesday, December 21 from 5:00-7:00 pm. The merchants invite you to get your Christmas shopping handled while enjoying special food and beverages just for you! Participating merchants include Pine Creek, Ltd., Angel Wings & CT, Piece Works Quilt Shop, Village Bootery, Madison County Mercantile, John Wayne Drive Trading Company, Ben Franklin, b. shannon designs, 1st Avenue Collective, and Montross Pharmacy Gift Shop.

Village Bootery has something for everyone on your list! Hint: all women love shoes.

The Madison County Conservation Board is looking for volunteers interested in helping with this year’s Christmas Bird Count. This involves counting birds seen while traveling in vehicles and while walking through the natural resource areas. The annual Christmas Bird Count is conducted in late December every year as part of a survey of bird populations. It is conducted by volunteer bird watchers and data is complied by the National Audubon Society. This year, staff from the Madison County Conservation Board, Madison County branch of NRCS, and Pheasants Forever will be surveying our assigned birding circle on December 21. The birding circle is located in the Northeast part of Madison County. Some of the public natural areas within the count circle are Badger Creek Wildlife Management Area, Cedar Bridge County Park, Guye Woods, Hansen Prairie, Jensen Marsh, Middle River County Park, and Winterset City Park. They will also be visiting a number of private lands with permission. The day’s itinerary begins at 7:00 am with breakfast at Hy-Vee and ends at 5:00 at the Madison County Conservation Office. Anyone who is interested in helping should contact Steve Pearson at spearson@madisoncountyparks.org for more details.

Sarah Zahn, who provided headline entertainment at the 2017 Covered Bridge Festival, will be returning to Winterset to perform A Holiday Concert on stage at The Iowa Theater on December 22nd at 7:00 pm.

Big Rack Brew Haus, brewing a popular selection of hand-crafted beers at 2475 Hiatt Apple Trail (just past The Pumpkin Ranch), is hosting a Holiday Bonanza with food, drinks and live music by Dave Grey. Doors open at 1:00 pm on December 23rd, and the event will run until 11:00 pm. All are invited!

The Winterset Library is offering a great lineup of activities for kids who are home during the winter break from school, starting on December 26th with a family movie at 1:30 pm. To see details of each event, visit them on Facebook.

If the weather cooperates, the Winterset Park & Recreation Department will hold a Snowman Building Contest on Saturday, December 30th from 1:00 to 3:00 in the open field south of the city tennis courts. Hot cocoa will be provided. Register by December 22nd. They’re hoping to open the ice rink soon also!

Finally…

Santa visited the membership of the Winterset Optimist Club last week and had some lively discussion about who among them had been naughty and nice! He also played some Christmas trivia before leaving behind a nice assortment of toys to donate to the Optimist’s Toys for Tots campaign. Thanks, Santa!

Here’s a dynamic author and program coming to the Winterset Library on January 2nd: Dallas County Rebels: How a Posse, a President, and the KKK Changed American History. “No Iowa county has influenced American history more than Dallas County. Discover why during a dynamic new program by Iowa author and former Dallas County resident Darcy Dougherty Maulsby during her free program and book signing on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at the Winterset Public Library. Dallas County helped propelled Harry Truman to an unlikely victory in the 1948 presidential campaign, following a fiery speech he delivered to 100,000 farmers on a sweltering September day at the National Plowing Match near Dexter. Just 15 years earlier, a shoot-out near an abandoned amusement park known as Dexfield Park marked the beginning of the end for infamous outlaws Bonnie and Clyde and the notorious Barrow Gang. Even before that, Dallas County was home to people who weren’t afraid to challenge the status quo, from KKK members in Perry to conductors on the Underground Railroad in southern Dallas County. During her program the Winterset Public Library, Maulsby will also share stories of some of Dallas County’s most famous residents. The county has produced several major-league baseball players (among them Bob Feller and Hal Manders), and University of Iowa football legend Nile Kinnick, the 1939 Heisman Trophy winner whose grandfather George Clarke, of Adel, served as Iowa’s governor from 1913 to 1917.

Today, Dallas County is one of the fastest-growing counties in America and remains a region of opportunity with a rich heritage of small-town living, farming, coal mining, and the immigrant experience. Explore the stories, from the celebrities to the rebels of Dallas County, who played an unforgettable role in American history, right here close to home.”

Thank you for reading The Winterset Citizen! All community announcements are provided at no charge, courtesy of the following sponsors:

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Blanchard Family Dentistry
Bridges Financial Associates
Covered Bridge Realty
Daniel Evans, Edward Jones
Farmers & Merchants State Bank
Farm Bureau FS, Scot Clark
Groth’s Gardens & Greenhouses
Homefront Real Estate
The Iowa Theater
Johnson Insurance
Lowe Chiropractic Clinic
Madhaus Gallery
Madison County Health Care System
Madison County Historical Society
Madison County ISU Extension & Outreach
McDonald Tree Service
Medicap Pharmacy
Midwest Heritage Bank
Montross Pharmacy
Pine Creek Ltd.
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Union State Bank
Village Bootery
White Lions Bed & Breakfast
Winterset Ballet & Dance Studio
Winterset Optimist Club
Winterset Parks & Recreation Department

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